Saturday, December 30, 2006

Between road trips and hanging out with M and J, I've had a lot of time to think. I have two very bankable and very big ideas, invention-wise. Of course, I'm not going to announce them here. Backchannel me if you want to invest (though know that you must pay your money up front).

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Good news from Forklift, Ohio. This will be my very first repeat-contribution to a mag.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Having fun with P's iBook
I've been reading Brandon Shimdoda's fresh new manuscript draft pretending as though I had written it. It is crazy good. It is winning. I have been winning and losing at Spades, Pitch, and Quiddler. I have been winning at getting a new tent and sleeping bags. I have been winning at the pumpkin pie.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Ok. Let the sleeping-in commence. I'm playing cards, exchanging presents, watching football, eating incredible food and desserts, cooking new (to me) desserts from an cookbook in a kitchen more equipped than my own--in Grand Island, NE, and Council Bluffs, IA. Then A and I will make the drive to southern Wisconsin to hang with M and J for like 3 days. Looking forward. The Octopus Chaps are at the printers. My beard is getting thick.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Today was an excellent mailbox day. In it (my mailbox) were no bills, no Bed Bath and Beyond coupons--only 2 packages. One from Pilot Books and the other from Black Ocean. Pilot graciously sent me review copies of Anthony Robinson's Brief Weather & I Guess a Sort of Vision and Friedrich Kerksieck & Aaron James McNally's Cruel, Yes, but Company. I've already read the latter heating up some lasagna. Lovely. These are postcards with actual poems handwritten on them. Actually handwritten. Each set have different post cards. One-of-a-kind. Betsy Wheeler and Pilot have their stuff together. Octopus note: FK/AJM have some of these poems in the upcoming online counterpart to Octopus #8. Soon, so soon.

I'm going to read Anthony's tonight, by the fireplace perhaps. I got #82 of his 200 and #39 of FK and AJM's 50. What did you get?

Black Ocean sent me the final pre-print typeset proof of The Man Suit. My last chance to figure out what exactly I want y'all to see.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Holiday Wish List #2

4. Eggers' What is the What

5. Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (33 1/3 book by Kim Cooper)

6. Kensington Digital FM Transmitter/Auto Charger (Black). This is too long a road trip to be messing with cds and hunting for the clearest NPR.

7. A used David Schrigley book or two.

8. Camping/Tenting supplies. Primarily A and I are taking a chunk of the summer to go roadtripping in the Yukon and Alaska. We're going to rent a car and Drive (capital D). We'll be doing a lot of camping/tenting. So we'll need to update our camping/tenting supplies.

9. A zip-up hooded sweatshirt (grey and/or black).

10. Socks. Mostly ones with patterns.

11. I'm not sure I have the energy to list all the music I want at this time. Itunes $?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Holiday Wish List #1

This is the first installment of Holiday Wish List. There will be one or two more as I think on it. Here is just what was in my head at the moment.

1. A Ushanka. My Cleveland Browns headscarf is not doing the trick. They're a tad more expensive, but I probably would prefer a Gorbachev-style Astrakhan.

2. A year's supply of quality fake tattoos. And not corny ones either. Cool ones, like anarchy symbols or giraffes or black panthers.

3. I am embarassed to say that I have not yet had a chance to buy these books. I should have them already, but sadly I do not. If you do not give them to me, I will buy them myself. Graham Foust, Linh Dinh, Tao Lin, Ben Lerner, Michael Earl Craig, Tina Brown Celona, and Alex Lemon.


*This image is supposed to instead represent Linh Dinh's Borderless bodies.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hyah! I'm done for the semester (in an academic sense). I'm now wearing the first day version of the outfit that I will wear constantly for a couple weeks. I was happy with how my paper turned out. I'm not going to post it here, but you can have the title: Problematizing the Removal of the Wink Wink: A New Sincerity in the Context of the Post Avant. Thank you to the following public rhetoricians for their fuel: (straight from the Works Cited page): Aitken, Behrle, Canary, CWHOBB (have you seen what is over there now? This gave me much to consider), Corey, Hart (I just wrote Corey, Hart), Epstein, Glenum, Hoy, Jensen, Mayhew, Massey, Mohammad (2), Octopus, Robinson (3), Silliman, Snyder, Sullivan and Tost.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

There's just one more hurdle before I'm done with this semester. I'm writing a paper examining the legitimacy of a New Sincerism within the context of the Post-Avant. Maybe I'll let you know how that turns out. Maybe some of you insiders can drop me a line today--give me some fertilizer for this thing. I've got myself holed up in my dark little office for today and tomorrow. Then I'll have some time off to hit a brand new to-do list, a fun one, for the most part. One with the word Octopus on it.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I doubt you'll ever need this, but just in case: here's a detailed floorplan I created of my house labeled entirely in Russian. Right now, I'm blogging in the lower right portion of the house, in my кабинет. As you can see, this comrade got a 100.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

I have 3 poems from this manuscript I'm working on in issue #1 of this impressive young po-journal called Absent. Ch ch ch check it out.

And check out UNL's undergrad mag, Laurus. It grows a little stronger right in front of us. Keep your eye on Sarah Fattig. I'm telling you this now. Mark the date.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

This weekend my sister, K, and her boyfriend, J, came over to help us decorate for the holidays. We put Kenny and Dolly on the box and drank some cider. Ate a few yuletide burritos.

Our tree as it gets netted. Its like a right of passage for a tree.

From left to right: J, tree (mid-decoration), K.

A and the man who sold us our tree. He had a nice leather jacket with a black panther on the back. He also thought I took too much rope with which to secure the tree to our vehicle. I disagreed with him.

We put lights on our fence/pillars out front.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Volume #7 of Lincoln's own, The Cupboard, is done. And it is free and ready for you to print it out and fold it up according to its new easier to use pdf instructions for assembly (or if you're in town you could find one at a local hangout). This one is all about the concept of doneness. So, a poet, songwriter, breadmaker, high school history teacher, mix cd compilationist, book editor and graphic designer all write about what it means to be done. The Cupboard!